Men's lacrosse falls in overtime to No. 10 Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 16, 2011
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Mark Squicciarino

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's lacrosse team led 5-3 at halftime and scored a thrilling goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation to tie the game, but 10th-ranked Amherst College scored with just 1.4 seconds left in overtime in a 7-6 New England Small College Athletic Conference win Saturday.

Amherst first-year midfielder Beda Cha, with just one goal on the season before Saturday, scored the overtime goal.

Amherst moves to 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby falls to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the league.

The Lord Jeffs nearly shut out Colby for the entire second half, but the Mules' Ian Deveau scored with 24 seconds left in regulation off an assist from Scott Margolis to tie the game at 6-6 and force overtime.

The teams appeared to be heading to another overtime when Cha found himself in the right place at the right time. With time winding down and Colby clamping down defensively, a ball scooted directly to Cha all alone on the right side of the goal and he fired a shot past Colby keeper Peter Reiley.

Colby came out strong and took a 3-0 lead thanks to goals by Mark Squicciarino with 10:27 and 4:48 left in the first quarter and then the third tally from John Moriarty with 1:33 to play. Ian Deveau had the assist on the first goal by Squicciarino.

Amherst got a little momentum just eight seconds after Moriarty's goal when the Lord Jeffs won a rare face-off and Cole Cherney tallied off a pass from Evan Redmond.

Amherst tied the game at 3-3 with two goals in a span of 14 seconds. Cherney had his second goal of the contest off a pass from Alex Fox with 11:14 to play. The Lord Jeffs, who won only three face-offs in the game, tallied again after another win. Danny Gold scored with 11:00 left off a pass from Dan Routh.

Colby went up 5-3 at halftime on an unassisted goal by Greg McKillop with 10:02 remaining. McKillop then assisted on a goal by Alex Boches with 5:21 to the break.

The Mules may have had a larger lead in the first half if not for the fine goaltending of Amherst keeper Sam Jakimo. He had 10 of his 16 saves in the game in the first half, including a few point-blank saves.

Amherst clamped down defensively in the second half and tied the game after three quarters on goals by Fox and Ramsey Bates. Fox scored with 10:54 remaining off a pass from Cha, while Bates scored with five minutes to play. The Lord Jeffs went up for the first time in the game when Devin Acton scored from Fox with 11:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Colby had a 54-24 shot advantage in the game and a 31-18 margin in groundballs. The groundball difference was mainly due to face-off man Craig Bunker, who went 14-for-17 on face-offs and scooped up nine groundballs. Bjorn Knutson and Jennings both had five groundballs for the Mules.

Jakimo led Amherst with four groundballs.

Amherst 7, Colby 6, OT

Amherst.............  1  2  2  1  1 -  7

Colby...............  3  2  0  1  0 -  6

Amherst SCORING: GOALS: Cole Cherney 2; Alex Fox 1; Beda Cha 1; Devin

Acton 1; Ramsey Bates 1; Danny Gold 1.

ASSISTS: Alex Fox 2; Beda Cha 1; Evan Redwood 1; Dan Routh 1.

Colby SCORING: GOALS: Mark Squicciarino 2; Ian Deveau 1; Greg McKillop

1; John Moriarty 1; Alex Boches 1.

ASSISTS: Ian Deveau 1; Scott Margolis 1; Greg McKillop 1.

SHOTS - Amherst 24; Colby 54. Penalties - Amherst 4/3:00; Colby 3/1:30.

MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Amherst 0-3; Colby 1-4.

FACEOFFS - Amherst 3-17; Colby 14-17. GOALIES - Amherst:

Sam Jakimo 11-0 (63:59 minutes, 22 shots-16 saves, 6

GA); Colby: Peter Reiley 5-6 (63:59, 12-5, 7).

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